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5 September 2014

SIDS Conference: Pacific island states’ impressive death penalty record under threat

The threat by some Pacific island states to resume executions would tarnish the reputation of a region that has a near perfect record on the death penalty, Amnesty International said on the end of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.

  • Death Penalty
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Samoa
4 September 2014

Mexico: Shocking rise in reports of torture and ill-treatment as authorities turn a blind eye

Torture and ill-treatment in Mexico is out of control with a 600 per cent rise in the number of reported cases in the past decade, according to a new report published by Amnesty International. The organization is calling on the Mexican government to act now to stop the wide-spread and persistent use of torture by members of the police and armed forces. 

  • Stop Torture
Region Americas
Country Mexico
4 September 2014

Qatar must reveal fate and whereabouts of ‘disappeared’ human rights workers

The Qatari authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts and ensure the safety of two British human rights workers who went missing on Sunday and are feared to be held secretly and incommunicado in the country, Amnesty International said today.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Qatar
3 September 2014

Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice

The brutal suppression of protest in Sudan must end, and members of the security forces responsible for killing, injuring, and torturing protesters must be held to account, said Amnesty International and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) in a report published today.

Region Africa
Country Sudan
3 September 2014

South Sudan: More than 30 organizations call for immediate arms embargo

More than 30 South Sudanese and international organizations have signed a petition that will be delivered to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today, calling for an immediate, comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan.

Region Africa
Country South Sudan
3 September 2014

Swaziland: A call for the authorities to uphold fundamental freedoms

Swaziland must end the persecution of human rights defenders and political activists and ensure accountability for human rights violations, Amnesty International, the South Africa Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS) and Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) said today as they mark the annual Swaziland Global Week of Action.

Region Africa
Country South Sudan
3 September 2014

Amnesty International’s Secretary General to visit Moscow

Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, will visit Moscow from 9-10 September 201

Region Europe And Central Asia
3 September 2014

NATO Summit: Don’t leave Afghanistan with a legacy of impunity

NATO risks leaving Afghanistan with a legacy of impunity unless the unlawful killings of civilians by international forces over more than a decade are addressed through justice and reparations, Amnesty International said ahead of a key international summit on 4-5 September in Newport, Wales.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
2 September 2014

Gruesome evidence of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq as Islamic State moves to wipe out minorities

Fresh evidence uncovered by Amnesty International indicates that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities. 

  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Children,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Detention,
  • MENA unrest,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq

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